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He seems to use passing as a first option and it shouldn't be. Way too much time looking around to pass instead of aggressively looking to score like previous two seasons. Clippers are far more dangerous when Griffin scored 25 plus than when he gets 7 plus assists.

He should be the undisputed first option on this team and needs to take on that mentality. Chris Paul would love to shoot less and pass more but he can't do that if Griffin keeps playing so passive. He looks so confused when he gets touches that it's concerning me. It wasn't the injuries it's a mental issue.

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You're right its a mental issue. He doesnt have the confidence to take those jumpers and thats why he's passing the ball. He might also be scared to attack the basket because of his knee, he knows he cant afford to get another major injury again. This is why its important for him to start knocking those jumpers. He will gain confidence and the opponents will start to respect him and start guarding his jumpers, he will then spread the floor. Paul would also love that pick and pop.

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Yes, Griffin has been much more tentative this season. I believe that he wants to develop his J early in his career (read: before he loses his explosiveness) so that he isn't forced to do so later. He just doesn't have that confidence (read: burning, Kobe-like arrogance) to believe that he will make every shot that he takes. In summation, reckless confidence in power moves; total insecurity in jumper.

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i wonder what people on here who are saying hes hesitant to shoot will say when he just pick and pops off what cp3 gives him. if he misses 5 or 6 or shoots more than 10 jumpers a night, i am certain they will say "he should attack the paint or post up more"

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yes,he should be more aggressive , make more mid-rang shot,like love ,keep shooting,keep shooting,keep shooting,keep shootingkeep shootingkeep shootingkeep shootingkeep shootingkeep shooting,

he would be a superstar sooner or later,

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I find it funny that fans really think the Clips can go deep in the playoffs with Blake playing like a role player instead of a superstar. I hate how Vinny seems to let BG settle for mediocrity

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This is the result of him listening to everyone's criticism. He has said it many times that he wants to be an all around player.

Yes, that's true when the team sucked. He needed to be everything and more just to have a chance to win.

With this team, he just needs to do what he does best. Attack the rim, play defense, rebound, and take the open jumpers. I've noticed on the pick and rolls when he's inside the paint or just outside of it, he hesitates to attack. He looks to pass first. Maybe he doesn't realize how open he is or he already has his mind set to pass. I'm pretty sure the coaches have told him this just by watching film.

He'll get better and team will too. Don't worry guys.

clippermitch
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Griffin needs to watch Kevin Love. Haha

Did anyone else notice Kevin love came back last night and scored 34 points and had 14 boards? And of course and a Loss!

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I kind of like that he isnt going for the flashy dunks. His shot looks great...he has been improving

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Not to just throw blame on Vinny but i think part of it is Blake's confidence and part of it is Vinny allowing Blake to not have that confidence. Coaches should get the players to play the way they should. I heard Pop telling Tony parker that he wasn't being aggressive enough and he wanted him to pull up about 15 of those 16 footers. I don't know if vinny is telling Blake thing like this or not but ultimately its up to Blake whether he plays the way he should but he still needs the support of the coach. (The leader of the team.)

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Pop gets in guys' faces. Vinny doesn't have that in him, but maybe he needs to bench BG when he's playing passive. I actually liked when he pulled BG out after the 4th foul. BG was pissed, and good. Didn't know Vinny had it in him

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We can take a fwe good things from this game though,

  1. Our bigs shot good from the line, Jordan 4-6 ; Griffin 5-8
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oh and #2. We fought hard to the very end!

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That avi pic reminded me, Blake sets horrible picks/screens

CP3Best
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That avi pic showcases our 2 superstars! And Griffin sets pretty good picks, Jordan just sets better picks!

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The last part is the key part. yes klove is a great player who can rebound and knock down jumpers. but thats it. so im glad bg is improving in other facets of his game. im impressed with his new commitment on D

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i think u are looking at the stats a little too much. idk if vdn seems to let bg settle for mediocrity. why? because hes not scoring 25 and grabbing 15 boards in games that lead to losses? the clips will go deep in the playoffs due to their depth and balanced scoring. griffin may hesitate shooting at times, but it will take time. but the fact hes improving in other facets of his game will make the clippers even more of a contender.

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Griffin's much improved but not point in improving so much if you're not even going to utilize the improvements.

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Blake makes a lot of right plays and good passes, but yeah I do think when he has the ball in the painted area near the free throw line, he should just elevate and shoot the darn thing or make a quick move to the hoop. A lot of times he flashes into the lane, gets the pass, but doesn't even look at the basket, and instead throws it back out to a guy behind the 3 point arc. I did see him make a nice little jumper in the lane last night, but yeah he should definitely shoot more of those, or if a big guy is closing in on him, blow by him and attack the rim. I totally understand the kick out though if there are multiple defenders collapsing in on him while he's just inside the free throw line, but a lot of times, that is not the case.

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^i dont see it that way. he has utilized his improvements on the defensive end. what the kid needs work on is his post game. better footwork wouldnt hurt in the post. his jumper will come with time. we also can blame some of hesitation on cp3 for usually dribbling for 15-18 seconds on every position and then kicking it out to bg for the jumper with the shot clock running out. therefore bg has to decide whether to shoot a very difficult shot or pass it out to a better positioned shooter. i will say that bg whenever bg gets the open shot he has take the shot.

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I see nothing wrong with Griffin working on his passing skills. One of the reasons we whooped the Heat is because of Griffin's assists, even coming out of his iso plays. Almost NO big men have those kinds of skills, so as he becomes a smarter passer, it will make him that much more unguardable in the paint.

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Yeah but he looks to pass WAY too much, he was in the damn paint and didn't even look at the basket, was scanning the court for someone open!

Clippersfan86
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Yup. Griffin catches and immediately looks to pass which is a clear problem. Pass freely but not at the expense of scoring or being aggressive.

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i agree. the same people saying he needs to shot the open jumper as often as possible would be the first to complain if he missed more than half of those shots. he doesnt need to shoot often at the cost of better shots for teammates that are good shooters. so i dont mind griffin getting assists, because most of those assists lead to high percentage open jumpers for his teammates and most of those shots often are 3 pointers.

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Bull I'm not talking about his jumper really although he does need to shoot that more and I highly doubt fans will complain if it's a smart shot. I'm talking about him almost never attacking the rim anymore and posting up significantly less.

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That's what I'm referring to at least, he gets the ball close in the paint and doesn't look at the rim, instead looks what players are available, that's not good for the offense, slows it down!

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dare i say griffin is still raw and raw players have affected basketball IQs.

it'll come with time. especially around CP

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I wish Griffin would actually roll after a pick-n-roll. Right now he picks and floats. Sure he is wide open, the other team wants him to take that shot.

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Kid is learning and it's a long process. It ain't easy for him for sure but he'll be good trust me. He's learning through offical games and some are big moment games. It's definitely not the norm especially for young players in the league and it's hard for him because of the pressure but i think he's in the best situation to learn.

As the saying goes, tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

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totally agree amigo. He needs to be aggressive and attack the rim with ferocity. The last game was really sad how he got deep in the paint and immediately was looking to pass instead of score.

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I'm so tired of seeing this guy pass up ft line jumpshots, but take long shots near the 3pt line

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Drive to the damn basket, damn it.

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Hmmm...I'm starting to think Chris Paul needs to remember HE'S a point guard in the fourth quarter of games.

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^ me too. didnt seem to be looking for bg or anyone else for that matter at the end of the game

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He seems to use passing as a first option and it shouldn't be. Way too much time looking around to pass instead of aggressively looking to score like previous two seasons. Clippers are far more dangerous when Griffin scored 25 plus than when he gets 7 plus assists.

He should be the undisputed first option on this team and needs to take on that mentality. Chris Paul would love to shoot less and pass more but he can't do that if Griffin keeps playing so passive. He looks so confused when he gets touches that it's concerning me. It wasn't the injuries it's a mental issue.

totally agree amigo. He needs to be aggressive and attack the rim with ferocity. The last game was really sad how he got deep in the paint and immediately was looking to pass instead of score.

What's harder is figuring out which of these two stars is to blame because the answer is likely both. Is it CP3 not utilizing Blake enough.... or Blake not taking advantage of CP3 feeding him the ball? They need to look themselves in the mirror and realize the role players like Crawford came here to play behind two superstars, not carry the stars every night.

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No it's no big deal he's lookin to pass. What concerns me is when Blake grabs a board, runs the floor with the ball and eventually picks up his dribble when he's trapped and then forces a shot. The ball should touch Chris Paul's hand every possession. His basketball iq is easily one of the best in the NBA.

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I actually like it when Blake takes the ball down full court. Usually good things happen when he does.

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^ i agree since it is often the opposing team's big backpedaling on d.

Clippersfan86
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I love when he pushes the break and makes the plays. I'm talking about in the halfcourt offense when he gets a post feed or gets a pass midrange and doesn't even look at the rim or attack but rather just passes it all night.

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well tonight he had 7 assists, along with 11 boards and 22 points, most on jumpers. so i dont mind the guy playing how he played tonight.

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Tonight, he was more like a SG... who had a good night dishing wink

22/11 and seven dimes is great. More of that please, Blake.

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^ yup

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Of course. He attacked all night long for the most part and got 11 rebounds so zero complaints from me. I was just saying if passing comes at the expense of 20 points a game, don't do it. If he can manage all 4 aspects (score, defender, rebound and pass) obviously that's the best.

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